The Broadway production of The Lifespan of a Fact concludes its limited run at Studio 54 January 13. The new play—co-penned by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell, with direction by Leigh Silverman—opened October 18, 2018.
In The Lifespan of a Fact, Jim, a determined young fact checker (Daniel Radcliffe) is tasked with checking a groundbreaking piece by the unorthodox author John D’Agata (Bobby Cannavale). Together with Jim's demanding editor, Emily (Cherry Jones), they take on the high-stakes world of publishing and debate the nature of truth in literary nonfiction.
The play is based on John D’Agata’s real-life essay “What Happens There,” a piece written about the Las Vegas suicide of teenager Levi Presley. Jim Fingal, assigned to fact check the piece, ignited a seven-year debate on the blurred lines of what passes for truth in literary nonfiction.
The Lifespan of a Fact began performances September 20.
The creative team includes Mimi Lien (scenic design), Linda Cho (costume design), Jen Schriever (lighting design), Palmer Hefferan (original music and sound design), and Lucy Mackinnon (projection design).